University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, also known as Wits University, is a leading, internationally-ranked, research-intensive university located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the economic heartland of Africa. Committed to academic and research excellence and social justice, Wits generates high level scarce skills for a globally competitive world, while addressing local social and economic development. At the forefront of a changing society, Wits is a social leader, dedicated to advancing the public good.

Wits is known for its work in deep level mining, science, health sciences, accountancy, law, governance, and the humanities, amongst others. It houses five faculties which comprise 34 schools. Wits offers approximately 3 600 courses to about 32 500 full-time students, of whom about a third are postgraduate and 55% are female. Almost 65% of all doctoral candidates and about half of all enrolments are in the Science, Engineering and Technology fields. Wits has developed about 130 000 graduates in its 93 years of existence. It has a proud record in that about 87% of all publications are in accredited international journals.

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A view of Alexandra township, a slum overlooking the Sandton skyscrapers in Johannesburg. Addressing inequality has been a major challenge for South Africa. Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant

Will Thomas Piketty's visit to South Africa trigger the rewriting of the country's recent economic history? His analysis and ideas on how to address inequality are hard to ignore.
The Global South is engineering new anti-poverty strategies, leaving traditional left analysts in a quandry. Reuters/Nacho Doce

The study of inequality has been mainstreamed – what now for the left?

Could the surge of worker and popular resistance worldwide provide the global trade union movement with an opportunity to take the lead in developing a broad coalition of social forces?
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ entry into parliament is the most dramatic example of political realignment in South Africa. Reuters/Skyler Reid

Why South Africa is primed for fundamental political realignment

The Marikana massacre of 2012 triggered strikes across South Africa and political realignment. But could this, and the formation of the United Front to rival the ANC, have long-term significance?
French economist and author Thomas Piketty. His book on inequality has lessons for developing economies such as South Africa. EPA/Bart Maat

What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality

Inequality remains one of South Africa's major problems. Thomas Piketty's visit to the country provides an opportunity to explore ways to deal with this problem.
Africa needs to utilise different kinds of capital to grow its entrepreneurs. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote relied on family savings to start his businesses. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

How Africa can instil entrepreneurship as a tool of development

Innovators and entrepreneurs will ensure that Africa continues to grow. But they need to be nurtured to lead the development.
Dung beetle rolling in the shade. Marcus Byrne

Five things dung beetles do with a piece of poo

Dung beetles have been cleaning up the planet for at least 65 million years. The 6000 species across the world have adapted to a life at the back end of the food chain in the most remarkable ways.
For many children who are victims of crime, their remains are only discovered some time later as a result of perpetrators concealing the crime. shutterstock

Giving faces to South Africa’s missing children

New data which details how South African children age and their faces grow will prove invaluable in finding missing children.
A statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town after student protests. Could real transformation come through changing governance structures? Nic Bothma/EPA

How South African universities are governed is the biggest challenge

How can the higher education sector guard against proposed transformation measures being merely superficial quick fixes? At least part of the answer may lie in institutional governance.
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later. 2014 Global Communities, Courtesy of Photoshare

Malnutrition, stunting and the importance of a child’s first 1000 days

Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
Empty sample tubes wait to be filled in a blood and urine sample freezer. South Africa has no legislation governing biobanks that deal with human biological material. Reuters/Phil Noble

How to make sure South Africa’s biobanks balance scientific progress with the law

South Africa has no legislation setting out the rules for biobanks and the guidelines that do exist are not clear or detailed. This leaves the door wide open for unethical practises.

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